Radicalization: policy evaluation of interventions
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-SOM4015
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Sociology;
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dr. P.G. Geurts
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dr. S. Glas
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dr. C.H.B.M. Spierings
Other course modules lecturer
dr. C.H.B.M. Spierings
Other course modules lecturer
dr. C.H.B.M. Spierings
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Academic year2020
PER1-PER2  (01/09/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Please note: if you do not yet have a master's registration, you are not yet registered for the tests for this course.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After following this course successfully, you can
  • reproduce and explain theories, research, and policies on (de-)radicalization, including so-called right-wing, left-wing and Muslim radicalization;
  • apply sociological theories on radicalization to recent developments, policies and interventions on (de)radicalization;
  • identify and explain the link between sociological questions, theories and policies;
  • evaluate the theoretical basis of policy projects on integration and deradicalization; and
  • present information on policies and policy research in a comprehensive, visual and accessible way.
In this course we address a timely topic: processes of radicalization and the ways to counter these radicalization processes. Radicalism is not tied to one ideology – almost every ideology knows its extreme variants. We start out with what is seen as intra-parliamentary radicalism – support for parties at the flanks of the political spectrum. In the second part of the course, we take a closer look at extra-parliamentary extremists and processes of radicalization into these groups: neo-Nazis; left-wing extremists; Muslim extremists and animal rights extremists.

Many governments have been concerned with people radicalizing and have searched ways to counter these processes. Small-scale projects have been implemented to counter radicalization, many of which only recently have come to be evaluated. In this course, we study what kind of programs have been proposed, and implemented, and to what extent they have shown to be effective. In particular, we focus on the extent to which the assumptions taken in policy making have been built on the academic literature.


Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
Current information on the examination has not been adjusted for the situation with corona. The written on-campus exam will be replaced by either a take-at-home exam or elements of the exam will become part of the existing assignments. Consequently, the weights of the different elements might change.

Assumed previous knowledge
Master students Sociology should have passed all courses BA Sociology.
International students should have passed at least a full year of prior study in the field of sociology, interethnic relations or political science

Required materials
To be announced
Journal articles and reports to be announced.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes


Test weight50
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2

Test weight25
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2

Test weight25
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER1, Block PER2